The North Shore Navigators fell 5-3 in 13 innings on Sunday to the Danbury Westerners at Fraser Field, leaving the bases loaded in every extra inning but the 11th in the loss. Danbury’s Chris Waylock delivered the deciding two-run single in the 13th off reliever Bobby Dean (URI) in a game that saw 11 pitched used and
The win gave Danbury its fifth straight, while the Navigators fell back to the .500 mark at 15-15 on the season. They are off tonight before continuing their seven-game home stand on Tuesday night at 6:15 p.m.
The Navigators were looking at a 3-2 deficit entering the eighth, but first baseman Eric Williams (Columbia) delivered the game-tying base hit to score Conner Mach (Missouri).
Potential All-Star Miles Landry (Baylor) walked a pair in the top of the ninth with two outs, but ultimately got Tanner Krietemeier to fly out to left to keep the game knotted at 3-3. North Shore went down in order in the ninth to send the game into extras.
In the 10th, the Navigators put two on with nobody on as a result of back-to-back walks, but ultimately left the bases loaded against Danbury reliever Scott DeCecco. North Shore again left the bases loaded against DeCecco in the 12th, as catcher Pat Holleran (Tusculum) lined into a double play to end the threat.
In the 13th, Saulyer Saxon (Oklahoma State) and Matt McGovern (Boston College) both singled before an intentional pass to Dario Pizzano (Columbia) with two outs. Mach delivered what looked to be the potential game-tying base hit down the left field line, but the ball was ruled foul. Mach struck out looking on the next pitch to end the ballgame.
DeCecco threw 3.1 innings of relief for Danbury to get the victory, allowing no runs on five hits.
Navigators starter Crayton Bare (Baylor) allowed three runs over five innings of work and was followed by six North Shore relievers as the game wore on. Landry and Dan Duval (RPI) each threw two scoreless innings of relief to keep the game deadlocked.
Saxon went 3-for-7 with two runs scored in the ballgame, while McGovern, Pizzano, Williams and Matt Boulter (So. New Hampshire) all had two hits apiece.